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At an altitude of 3025 meters, the nag tibba or the Serpents peak is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range of Garhwal Himalayas. A relatively famou trail around Mussoorie, Nag Tibba trek is an easy to moderate trek that can be done over the weekend and therefore is very popular among the crowds of Delhi.
One of the trekking delight for both the beginners as well as experienced trekkers, it offers a breathtaking view of Bandarpoonch peak, Kedarnath peak in the north, the Gangotri group of peaks, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Changabang.
The base of the mountain can be easily reached by car. You can also start the trek from one part of the mountains and descend down the other part covering a lot of beautiful sights in a single trek. The trail is well laid and takes you through dense forests rich in flora and fauna thus offering majestic scenic beauty to the trekkers all trek round.
The experience of camping is something unparalleled with a morning lighting up the mountains oh so beautifully. The Nag Tibba Trek cost includes the camping as well as the food and guide. You can assess the full details in the cost tab. The three day trek is a must to do experience and would delight you with a lot of beauties around with much lesser efort.
Total Distance: 21 km
Maximum Elevation: 3100m Nag tibba Top
Day 01 : Dehradun- Water Campsite (3-4hrs Drive/3hrs Trek) We begin the day early from Dehradoon.
This way we can avoid the traffic towards Mussoorie and Kamptee falls. Mussoorie is 22kms from Dehradoon and Kamptee falls another 17kms further. The road continues downhill from here towards the Yamuna river bed and reaches the town of Nainbagh. One road continues towards yamunotri while we take the narrower road which climbs uphill towards Pantwari village. This takes us behind the Mussoorie ridge and into shepherd territory. Gujjars with their domesticated sheep and goats are seen on hill tops. Terraced farms and hill slopes dotted with Bauhinia trees with their purple blossoms are a sight to photograph. These flowering trees are easily identified by their leaves which are in the shape of a camels' foot. After an hour later we reach Pantwari village and begin our ascent to our camping site.With mules carrying our luggage one can enjoy the village setting and life. Women are seen working on the wheat and green pea fields. Men are mainly employed in government jobs in the plains or work as porters and guides. There is still no relation between education and jobs in the Himalayas. The education system of the plains is instructed to them which only take the youth further away from the hills. Our trekking trail rises beyond the farms and enters wild territory. Flowers and birds are plenty here. Most prominent flowers are white anemones (a flowering shrub) while among birds the jungle babbler, red vented bulbul, blue cheeked bulbul, hill myna, warblers and tits are common. We reach our camping ground by evening to enjoy the sunset over the hill spurs. The camping ground is flush with mint leaves which can be mixed to form a delightful brew of mint tea or the kandali shrub can be washed and cooked to form a tasty saag.
Day 02 : Water Campsite - Nagtibba Top (3-4hrs ) - Nagtibba Base Campsite (1hrs)
We start the second day after breakfast and climb to the Nag Devta temple. It is an ill maintained temple premise with no pujari but the locals come here frequently to pay their obeisance. There is a vast open space near the temple which is often used as a grazing ground for sheep and goats. The Nag Tibba ridge rises further up and is another 2 hours hike ahead. There is a distinct change in vegetation from here. The forest become dense and is dominated by oaks and rhododendrons. The forest floor is also damp indicating the lack of sunlight reaching it. This is an ideal habitat for a variety for orchids (locally called kachanar) to grow. However with the pressure of grazing, lopping of oaks and trekking; this region is under anthropogenic pressure. A variety of birds like the niltava and flameback woodpecker are seen in the barks of oak trees. We follow the trail back to our campsite and after lunch head down to Nagtibba campsite. With the night and stars taking over one gets a feeling of being isolated and far from civilization.
Day 03 : Nagtibba Base - Pantwari ( 3-4hrs) - Dehradun (3-4hrs Drive )
We head to Nagtibba campsite by post breakfast for we start walk down toward Pantwari and in the route we will stop for lunch. And after reaching pantwari we will drive to Dehradun. Trip will end here. After breakfast start drive to Dehradun and trip end here.